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Canadian Open fans will be treated to a youthful encounter between Leylah Fernandez and Payton Strears in the first round. The duo are making the trip after their adventures in the Citi Open and will be looking to make the most of the opportunity in Montreal. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Leylah Fernandez vs Peyton Stearns – Match Predictions
Leylah Fernandez to Win
Stearns was made to sweat it out in her qualifying first round by Katherine Sebov, requiring a deciding set to book her meeting with Magdelena Frech. She has a win over Fernandez in Rabat earlier this year but that was on the clay courts. As it stands, it is Fernandez who is coming from a three-match winning run in the Washington Open. She tasted defeat to eventual finalist Maria Sakkari and is the favourite in her home event. Buoyed by her recent victories over Katie Boulter and Bernarda Pera, as well as the support from the home crowd, we are backing her to triumph in this meeting.
Under 21.5 Games
The only time Fernandez and Stearns came up against each other, 25 games were needed to find a victor. Recent matches involving Fernandez have found a conclusion relatively easier and in minimal time. All four of her matches in the Washington Open did not breach the 21-game mark. A similar tale is read about Stearns, for whom four of her last five matches have not seen more than 21.5 games. Based on this, we are backing an Under 21.5 Games conclusion to this first-round fixture.
Leylah Fernandez vs Peyton Stearns Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Canadian Open.
Fernandez has chosen to limit her activity, focusing on select competitions that has seen her rack up a 22-16 record on the WTA tour. This run has seen her make the semi-finals at the Madrid Masters while reaching the quarter-final stage in Auckland and the third round in Indian Wells. In the recently concluded Citi Open, she reached the third round after coming through the qualifiers and will hope to use the winning momentum to propel her for successful results at the National Bank Open.
While Fernandez has chosen her schedule, Stearns has been busy in 2023. She has racked up 52 matches in the calendar year, boasting a 38-14 record. It has seen her triumph in the lower-rung events in Orlando and Rome. Moreover, she reached the finals in Bogota, Charleston and Naples. It makes for an interesting reading but her results on the main tour have been disappointing with a first-round loss at the All England Club and a third-round loss at Roland Garros.
Leylah Fernandez vs Peyton Stearns Head to Head
The duo were seen in action against each other in Rabat. Stearns triumphed in the three-set meeting on the red surface, adding to the excitement as they exchange blows on the IGA Stadium hard courts.
Leylah Fernandez vs Peyton Stearns Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 15:00 GMT on 08 August.
- Where is the match being played? The venue for this fixture is IGA Stadium, Montreal.
- Who is the reigning Canadian Open champion? Romanian ace, Simona Halep was crowned champion in the 2022 edition.
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